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Lieberman calls for re-evaluation of US-Israel ties

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21 Nov 2013
Lieberman calls for re-evaluation of US-Israel ties

Newly re-instated Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the Sderot Conference on Wednesday, declaring that the time has come for Israel to lower its dependence on its tradition alliance with the US and seek broader partnerships with other countries and groups. “The Americans have a lot of problems and challenges around the world that they need to solve and they have problems at home. We need to understand them and our place in the global arena,” Liberman said. “It’s naive to think that countries will help us because of altruism.” His comments immediately set off a storm of debate in Israeli media and public policy circles.

“Public arguments with the US happened in the past, but there is no other country on earth with such a broad common denominator with Israel or that is so important to us,” said MK Nachman Shai (Labor). “The US stands next to Israel in dozens of incidents and issues every day and is our safest defensive shield.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, newly minted Israeli ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, met with a bipartisan group of thirty congressmen on Wednesday and tried to downplay the current rift between Washington and Jerusalem.

"He certainly reiterated Israel's right to defend itself, by itself. But he said that when Israel really needs the US, and the president specifically, he has delivered," one attendee said. "Dermer recalled that Obama phoned Netanyahu eight times in four days during the Gaza crisis, and gave Israel one hundred percent of what it needed.”

 

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